Fresh Picked Prose

Sundays at 5:18 pm

Along with cotton and corn, pecans and pines, the rich soil of north Florida is good for writers. At Florida State University, we raise a good crop every year: memoirists, short story writers, essayists, novelists, journalists, cross-over poets--it's a delicious mix. Some of these young practitioners are doing degrees in Creative Writing; some aren't. Some have published; some haven't--yet. A few will become famous. Have a listen on Sundays at 5.18 pm and be astonished at how much luxuriant growth can be packed into a two-minute story.

Stephanie Levitt is a local attorney who enjoys the respite from law that writing provides. Her work has yet to be physically published, but she invites you to remember her name for when that time comes.

Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, Visiting Faculty at FSU is an Ohio native. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades and many other literary magazines.

Zachary Gerberick is a MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Florida State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati.

Stephanie Levitt is a local attorney who enjoys the respite from law that writing provides. Her work has yet to be physically published, but she invites you to remember her name for when that time comes.

Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, Visiting Faculty at FSU is an Ohio native. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades and many other literary magazines.

Laurel Lathrop is a first-year PhD student in Creative Writing at FSU. She got her MFA from Cornell University. She has lived in California, Paris, Mexico City, Prague, Singapore, and New York City, but this is her first experience living in the South.

Eric Schlich is a Ph.D candidate in fiction at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He is the current Production Editor and Assistant Nonfiction Editor for The Southeast Review. He earned his MFA in fiction at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Schlich completed a BA in English and Spanish at the University of Kentucky. He is a recipient of the Kingsbury Fellowship at FSU.

Calvin Umeozor got his B.A. in English from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria where he won the C. E. Nnolim Prize. He is an MFA candidate in Fiction at Florida State University.

Casey Whitworth is an MFA candidate in Fiction at Florida State University. He'd like to thank you for listening.

Kate Kimball is a PhD student in Fiction at Florida State University.  Her work has appeared in Kestrel, Ellipsis, The Hawaii Review, Weber, and Arcadia, among others.  Her novel was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.  She has worked over 50 jobs, many at the same time, and is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah.  Her work draws on many of these experiences.

Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, Visiting Faculty at FSU is an Ohio native. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades and many other literary magazines.

Sakinah Hofler is from Newark, New Jersey. She is an MFA candidate at Florida State University where she serves as Assistant Fiction Editor for The Southeast Review. She is also a 2015-2016 recipient of the Kingsbury Fellowship. Besides fiction, she loves writing poetry and screenplays.

Misha Rai was born in Sonepat, Haryana and brought up in India. She holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University where she served as Assistant Fiction Editor for the Mid-American Review. At present she is pursuing her PhD at Florida State University and is the Fiction Editor for The Southeast Review. She is a regular contributor to The Missouri Review blog. Her prose has appeared in the Indiana Review and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She has work forthcoming in the Crab Orchard Review. She is currently at work on her debut novel. 

Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, Visiting Faculty at FSU is an Ohio native. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades and many other literary magazines.

Leah F. Cassorla, MFA, MA, PhD candidate at Florida State University.

Fresh Picked Prose: Kate Kimball “Time”

Jul 19, 2015

Kate Kimball is a PhD student in Fiction at Florida State University.  Her work has appeared in Kestrel, Ellipsis, The Hawaii Review, Weber, and Arcadia, among others.  Her novel was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.  She has worked over 50 jobs, many at the same time, and is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah.  Her work draws on many of these experiences.

Iheoma Nwachukwu has won fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers, and the Chinua Achebe Center for Writers, Bard College, New York. His fiction has been published in Internazionale, Kwani, and Black Renaissance Noire. His poetry was published most recently in The Rusty Toque.

Leah F. Cassorla, MFA, MA, PhD candidate at Florida State University.

Fresh Picked Prose: Billy Hallal “Dr. Z”

Jun 7, 2015

Billy Hallal was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He studies creative writing at Florida State University, where he will soon receive his MFA.

Sakinah Hofler is from Newark, New Jersey. She is an MFA candidate at Florida State University where she serves as Assistant Fiction Editor for The Southeast Review. She is also a  2015-2016 recipient of the Kingsbury Fellowship. Besides fiction, she loves writing poetry and screenplays.

Latifa Ayad is an MFA candidate at Florida State University.

Iheoma Nwachukwu has won fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers, and the Chinua Achebe Center for Writers, Bard College, New York. His fiction has been published in Internazionale, Kwani, and Black Renaissance Noire. His poetry was published most recently in The Rusty Toque.

Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, Visiting Faculty at FSU is an Ohio native. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades and many other literary magazines.

Billy Hallal was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He studies creative writing at Florida State University, where he will soon receive his MFA.

Sakinah Hofler is from Newark, New Jersey. She is an MFA candidate at Florida State University where she serves as Assistant Fiction Editor for The Southeast Review. She is also a  2015-2016 recipient of the Kingsbury Fellowship. Besides fiction, she loves writing poetry and screenplays.

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